It looks like Asus is slashing the price of the Eee PC 901. Previously you could pick up this 8.9 inch laptop with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 12GB SSD, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP for about $599. But now Amazon is asking just $499 for the netbook and I’m guessing other retailers will soon follow suit.
This isn’t the first time Asus has lowered the price of a netbook to keep it in line with prices for similarly specced machines. When MSI released the 10 inch Wind laptop with a 6 cell battery for $550, Asus cut the price of the 10 inch, 6 cell Eee PC 1000H from $650 to $550. And now that Lenovo, Dell, Acer and other laptop makers are offering 8.9 inch netbooks for under $500, it only make sense that Asus would follow suit.
Oh yeah, the 20GB Linux version of the Eee PC 901 is also now available for $499.
Update: Newegg now has the Eee PC 901 for $499 as well.
ASUS Eee PC 901 XP – Pearl White Intel Atom 8.9″ WSVGA Integrated Graphics
ASUS Eee PC 901 20G – Fine Ebony Intel Atom 8.9″ WSVGA Integrated Graphics